Hot Fudge Sunday May 8

First, call your mother.

Sundays bring us the political talk shows. If you see something interesting on one of them, jump on the comment board and talk about it. According to Politico, here is the lineup for this week’s shows:

Tom Donilon

White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will appear on four of the five major network shows: NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” CNN’s “State of the Union” and “Fox News Sunday.”

Meet the Press (NBC) — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and former CIA Director Michael Hayden

This Week (ABC) — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice examines U.S.-Pakistani relations with the Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani.

Face the Nation (CBS) — Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld appears along with Donilon.

State of the Union (CNN) — Sen. Dick Lugar, the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) stop by, too, to discuss the mounting federal deficit and other issues.

Rumsfeld blows his own mind

Fox News Sunday — Former Vice President Dick Cheney appears along with Donilon

Newsmakers (CSPAN) — Jack Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, addresses skyrocketing gasoline prices. He’ll be interviewed by The Associated Press’s Dina Cappiello and Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder.

Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) looks ahead to 2012 with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who’s weighing a run for the Republican presidential nomination.

And in the evening, don’t miss President Barack Obama on CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a pre-taped interview by Steve Kroft.

About Mr. Universe

Mr. Universe is a musician/songwriter and an ex-patriot of the south. He currently lives and teaches at a University in the Pacific Northwest. He is a long distance hiker who has hiked the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. He is also an author and woodworker. An outspoken political voice, he takes a decidedly liberal stance in politics.
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13 Responses to Hot Fudge Sunday May 8

  1. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    Well, at least David Gregory has gotten my message.

    How many times have all y’all heard me say that “Americans want more from government than they are willing to pay for” over the past couple of years, when responding to arguments yammering about gummint spending?

    Gregory used my line at least a couple of time this morning.

    The dichotomy in the polls are also showing it:

    Large majorities:
    want the deficit fixed (mo’money);
    want SS, Medicare/Medicare as is (mo’ money);
    want to tax incomes over $1 million (NIMBY).

    Anybody got a line on a recent poll on how many are willing to have tax increase to pay for entitlements?

  2. filistro says:

    @Max… In a recent Washington Post/AP poll, 54 % of Republicans favored increased taxes for upper-income earners, along with 68% of independents and 72% of Democrats. As for the high-earners themselves… they supported an increase in their own taxes by a margin of 61% to 34%.

  3. Kylopod says:

    Exit polls from last year’s elections showed that 52% of the voters wanted the Bush tax cuts on upper-income earners to expire. The supposed “mandate” the GOP claimed after the elections didn’t even agree with their agenda in many of its details.

  4. filistro says:

    Republicans are acting in direct opposition to the wishes of their constituents when they keep pushing to cut taxes for the wealthy, something that’s opposed across the board by all demographics. Their push to lower taxes on the rich is pure, naked ideology.

    I wish Bart were here this morning to lecture us on how politicians should always act according to the expressed wishes of those who vote them into power.

  5. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    To clarify: I meant general public. Middle income.

  6. mclever says:


    I don’t have kids and I doubt I’ll ever get any government aid, but if I knew my tax dollars were going to go to schools and early education, welfare, food stamps, social security disability, medicare/medicaid, and other programs designed to help those who need it, then I’d be OK with raising my taxes to pay for it.

    If I knew they were going to set up a universal, single-payer health care coverage system, then I’d be extra willing to pay taxes for it, instead of paying over $1000/month for a private plan. They could add another $10K to my annual tax bill, and I’d still come out ahead with a universal public plan. So would a lot of people who don’t realize how much their employer is contributing to their current coverage.

    I’d also be OK with raising my taxes to pay for a few “green” initiatives, like better public transportation, trains, etc.

    And, if it meant we kept reaching for the stars, then I’m certainly OK with raising my taxes to pay for NASA and other scientific endeavors. Corporations research what makes money, but the government can research things with a longer potential cost-curve.

    Oh, and I’ll even support a raise in my taxes to keep the NEA afloat. I’d be doubly-glad if the money went to arts and music education, partly because I value the arts, and partly because studies show that early music education has long-term cognitive benefits for students.

    But that’s just me.

    And I know full well that I can’t pay for it all alone. That’s why I also support a “millionaire” income tax bracket and the institution of a “wealth tax” or similar.

  7. mclever says:

    Oh, and Happy Easter to those who celebrate. 🙂

    We had a lovely sunrise here today, after two weeks of clouds, snow, and lots of rain. This morning’s sun was a pleasant and welcome surprise. Quite fitting.

    Haven’t turned the TV on yet… Anything particularly interesting on the Sunday talk? What are people saying about the debt limit? Are Republicans still upping the ante with more spending cut demands?

  8. shiloh says:

    Speaking of Bartles and his demigod, Reagan, who infamously said ~ govt. is not the solution, it’s the problem.

    Soooo on his inauguration day Reagan should have resigned! 😛

    btw, Dutch raised taxes 7 times, including the biggest corporate tax hike ever!

    Happy Easter! 🙂

  9. Mule Rider says:

    “The supposed “mandate” the GOP claimed after the elections…”

    Care to source where the GOP claimed a “mandate” after the last election?

  10. Mule Rider says:

    Oh, and to Armchair Warlord from the other day (FFF thread), you may be a Christian, sir, but you are NOT a conservative, so don’t try and tell us otherwise.

  11. Max aka Birdpilot says:

    3 November 2010 – Fox News Report:

    “House Republican Leader John Boehner, speaking briefly to reporters Wednesday morning alongside his deputy, Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., claimed a “mandate” to cut the size of government and urged President Obama to respect the will of the voters and “change course.”

    Read more:

    Make sure it’s “Mule Rider”, not “Mule Headed”

  12. dcpetterson says:

    Care to source where the GOP claimed a “mandate” after the last election?

    Let me understand — are you claiming that the GOP doesn’t care whether the public approves of its actions or not? That they are unconcerned about what The People wish them to do, after having elected them? Or perhaps that they feel they don’t have “An authoritative command or instruction” from the people (which is what “mandate” means) to enact their agenda? — that, in other words, they are cynically and intentionally and in an anti-democratic, totalitarian manner, knowingly going against the Will of We The People for their own authoritarian cronyist purposes?

  13. teevagirl says:

    Happy Easter eve to all. Ms. Mclever you seem a very grounded Thoughtfull person. I enjoy reading your posts.

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